La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Morneau reports, but unclear on his future

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: February 24, 2012 - 8:50 AM

Justin Morneau met with the media on Friday morning and said he intends to go through all the workouts as he tries to distance himself from the concussion issues of the part two seasons. But, when discussing his future, he didn't sound totally convincing.

Especially when he was asked about having concerns about future concussions.

``Well, I don’t think there will be a career if it’s something I’m dealing with,'' he said. ``That’s the reality of the whole thing. I’m obviously not going to continue to mess around with this if it continues to be a problem. There comes a point where you can only torture yourself for so long. It’s something I love to do but you keep preparing and you keep being left out, that’s something that nobody wants to go through .

``Obviously it’s been a tough winter that way. I try not to think about that kind of stuff. Obviously it’s crossed my mind and it’s something I’ve had to think about but when that stuff comes into my mind I continue to look for something positive, and look how far I’ve come in the last week or in the last month and just hope it continues to go well.''

Morneau said he's been symptom-free since January. He's down to 222 pounds after changing his diet in an attempt to fight off the nagging injuries to his neck, wrist, knee and foot last season. He plans to work out every day, and hopes he's past the concussion problems.

He's just not convinced. And, until he's convinced, the Twins have to be nervous.

``The only thing right now that I’m worrying about coming back or bothering me as we go along is the concussion stuff.,'' he said. ``That’s something that’s just so unknown. There’s people that have the post-concussion and deal with it the rest of their lives. It’s one of those things that I don’t know, I can’t predict the future. All that other stuff, the foot, the knee, the wrist, I don’t see that limiting me at all going forward.

`` It’s just sort of making sure I don’t do too much, be too excited that I’m out there with the guys running around and playing, making sure I don’t go 100 miles an hour the first couple days. I need to still realize that April 6 is the goal, and that’s what I want to be ready for. By doing too much early, it can maybe go backwards. And by trying to pace myself a little bit and be ready for when I need to be ready for, hopefully it’ll continue to go well.'' 
 

 

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